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Annex I Overview of Negotiations and Transitional Arrangements with Estonia

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Formal accession negotiations started with Estonia on 31 March 1998 and with Latvia and Lithuania on 10 February 2000. The main efforts for the Baltic States included the adoption of administrative changes and the introduction of new procedures (for example as regards the collection of data). The Latvian and Lithuanian chief negotiators criticized Estonia's lack of political solidarity and called for a better co-ordination of the Baltic States' negotiating positions "in order to secure a better deal for all three applicants in the European Union (EU) accession talks". Belgium, taking over the EU Presidency for the second half of 2001, faced the challenge to continue the momentum created during the Swedish Presidency. The political compromise reached at the November 2002 EU-Russia summit removed an important obstacle for EU enlargement.

Keywords: accession negotiations; Baltic states; European Union (EU) enlargement; Latvia; Lithuania

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